Albert on the meaning of big philanthropy. He dares not mention me by name, lest I reduce him to tears, but he certainly implies that I fund Bill Schambra for selfish reasons. Actually, I do it for fun - watching him sit up and beg, roll over, bark on command - who wouldn't enjoy that? And the public can watch for free. That is my gift to humankind. No need to thank me. Your continued obedience is reward enough.
What is acceptable behavior depends on the context. The newer blogging tools like Vox and Ning, like Live Journal before them, allow the user to control not only the post and the persona but also the audience: public or private, family, friends, neighborhood, etc. Carnival was unbounded in space, but bounded in time. To use an alias or pseudonym is to draw a boundary, but Google will cross almost any boundary by linking identity to alias, and making us all, "own up" to our words - "You own your words" is a threat. (Civility or business etiquette will be enforced for public performances.) Should Wealth Bondage become a private club? A Speakeasy? There civility could take whatever form it wished without risk of attribution.
Beyond an invitation-only Speakeasy is art for attribution. Given that our Author Function is dead that would be difficult, or even fraudulent, in our case. But if we could get a stand-in for the Author Function, this could be art. We have just not be able to fill that position. Is there anyone out there who would like to take moral and legal responsibility for Wealth Bondage?
Science Daily —
"A Purdue University communication expert says incivility is on the rise
because people are lonely from lacking the basic relationships and
friendships that are essential to human beings." My personal impression, however, is that civility goes back to good breeding. A thoroughbred trotter must be bred to it, obviously. So too a high class person. It is a matter of good bloodlines. Keeping the riffraff off the internet is probably the only way to enforce civility. That or a stiff access charge. More anon. I am off to the Porc. Must scoot!
Barbara Ehrenreich in the Guardian connects the history of "depression" or "melancholy," with anomie, disconnection from nature, and the end of Carnival. We learned to live in houses, in our rooms often alone looking in the mirror, writing our diaries, doing our account books, playing many roles, wondering about our self, our authenticity, our identity. Alas, Poor Yorick, I think she is right. We must police ourselves now. Civility is always enforced, leaving us pent up and sad.
So-called "minorities" don't use the internet because they generally can't read and write. But as more come on line, we do need speech codes to keep them in line. We need strict blog comment policies to keep them out before they start rapping and stuff like that. "No Savages Allowed on My Blog." Does that work? Civilized? How can you civilize savages? The most you can do is keep them in their place. You let them in and pretty soon you have Bloggaz with Attitude talking back to the White Man and stalking our Women. "Civility Enforced" - I got that on the bumper sticker of my pickup. I would advise you to do the same. Let's keep a united front.
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I am glad to see that the Countess Apraxina is back, her greatest hits restored. Her manners are excellent; even the most refined philanthropy bloggers can benefit from her good example. Maybe she can give Don Imus some fund-raising advice.
There was considerable resentment when I rode into town to clean up
Wealth Bondage. Masked hooligans thought that by banding together they
might successfully resist the Law. But the Electronic Frontier will be
civilized, whether you want it or not. The wide open plains are being
fenced in with barbed wire. Private property must be protected against
theft or defacement. The farmers don't want their children and
womenfolk molested. Little by little the desperadoes will be brought to
justice. with or without habeas corpus. As you talk among yourselves, I
just want you all to remember that I was proleptic. (With thanks to Dr. Chadwallah
whose word is Law when it comes to interpretation of signs and the
assignment of guilt.) You will all be unmasked, every last one of you.
I am going to get to the bottom of this whole sorry affair. I don't
care how many of you are maimed in the process. Without rules and
enforcement there can be no moral order. I get the least little
grumbling from any one of you and you will live to regret it. Do I make
Should blogs carry content warnings? BBC Poll here is about tied, after 26,000 votes, between Yes and No. If you don't certify your agreement to enforce civility, you are supposed to carry a sign saying, "Anything goes." Of course, there is plenty of stuff in between, like most of Augustan literature.